Farnbacher Loles Racing qualified third on the GT2 grid for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, but will start sixth after an abbreviated prototype qualifying session negated all qualifying times. American Le Mans Series rules require at least a...
Farnbacher Loles Racing qualified third on the GT2 grid for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, but will start sixth after an abbreviated prototype qualifying session negated all qualifying times. American Le Mans Series rules require at least a 10-minute qualifying session for both GT and prototype cars. Although the Sebring GT session ran a full 25 minutes, the prototype session was cut short by a crash after about 8.5 minutes, so officials reverted to official practice session times to set the starting grid.
Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, qualified the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in two minutes 1.310 seconds on the 3.7-mile Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway road course at an average speed of 109.8 mph. He will drive the first stint of the 12-hour race on Saturday, followed by his co-drivers Marc Basseng of Leutenbach, Germany, and Bryce Miller of Hoboken, N.J.
"I'm really happy with the qualifying," Werner said. "I think we showed what we are capable of and we showed that the Porsche has made a big step compared to 2007. It's very close in the qualifying and I think it will be close racing. I'm really looking forward to racing with all these good drivers -- the factory [Porsche] drivers and the Ferrari drivers. Thanks to the team, the car was really great. They did a great job in developing the car to that point in only a few days."
Marc Basseng will be Dirk Werner's co-driver in the American Le Mans Series this season. He knows both the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and endurance racing -- he has driven RSRs to victory in 16 Langstrecken Meisterschaft Nurburgring (VLN) races in the past four years on the daunting Nurburgring Nordschliefe circuit in Germany. An average of 175 cars start each series race.
Bryce Miller is joining Dirk Werner and Marc Basseng for four ALMS races this season, starting with the Sebring 12-hour race on Saturday. Miller noted the importance of team chemistry in sports-car racing.
"Some teams and some co-drivers have difficulty, but the team culture at Farnbacher Loles is really open," he said. "The drivers share a lot of information and generally are trying to help each other and help the cumulative average of the car. That's important for the overall success of the program. I've enjoyed that chemistry and that dynamic here at this team."
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